The 2013 AMA Supercross Series landed in the gigantic Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis over the weekend, and Marvin Musquin nearly rode the wheels off of his Red Bull KTM during the 15-lap 250SX main event to score an incredible come-from-behind win in front of a crowd of 60,000.
Fresh off of his first-ever Supercross victory last weekend in Daytona, Musquin entered the day in Indianapolis with confidence and momentum on his side. Picking up exactly where he left off in Florida, the determined Frenchman dominated 250SX heat one with relative ease.
When the gate dropped for the main event, however, Musquin got out to a poor jump before getting pinched off into turn one. After a collision with a tuff block on the far inside of the corner, Marvin plowed his way back into the racing lane near the back of the pack. At the conclusion of lap one, he sat way back in the 16th spot, making the thought of back-to-back wins far-fetched at best.
By the midway point, Musquin had miraculously moved his way into the top five, and the leaders were not too far out in front. Fighting tooth and nail for positions, Marvin made a pass for the second spot just before taking the white flag. Looking strong in the runner-up spot, Musquin continued pounding his way through the final lap, when out of nowhere leader Blake Wharton made a costly mistake, handing the win over to Musquin just before the checkers.
“That was a crazy race,” Musquin commented during the podium celebration. “I got out to a terrible start and just wanted to get as many points back as possible. I was very happy after moving into second, but didn’t think there was any way to get to Wharton in the lead. It’s a huge bummer for him to go down like that on the last lap, but I’ll take it however I can get it.”
Musquin’s second-straight win moves him into second place in the championship points standings, just nine points behind Wil Hahn in first.
Eastern Regional 250SX Main Event Results
1. Marvin Musquin
2. Kyle Peters
3. Wil Hahn
4. AJ Catanzaro
5. Justin Hill
6. Vince Friese
7. Mitchell Oldenburg
8. Gavin Faith
9. Blake Wharton
10. Peter Larson
The usual suspects dominated the 450SX class in Indy, with Red Bull riders Ryan Dungey and James Stewart ending the night upon the podium in the second and third spots, respectively. Stewart was no doubt the man to beat for the majority of the night inside Lucas Oil Stadium, but a fluke mistake while leading the main event cost him his second win of the series.
“Man, that’s not the way I saw the night ending,” James said in a disappointed tone after the race. “With the way my season has been going, a podium finish still feels pretty good, but honestly, I’m a little bit disappointed in myself for giving this one away. I was feeling really good up front, and stalling the bike is just one of those dumb mistakes that you can’t afford to make.”
Finishing just ahead of Stewart in second, Dungey had a chance to go after eventual winner Ryan Villopoto during the later stages of the race but came up just a bit short in the end.
“There were a few laps there during the midway point where I was feeling pretty good about reeling Ryan [Villopoto] in, but he was riding really well tonight,” RD later commented. “I’ll take a second, though. I feel like I’m riding really well, and we were definitely on the winning pace tonight, so this helps my confidence heading into Toronto.”
450SX Main Event Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. James Stewart
4. Davi Millsaps
5. Justin Barcia
6. Chad Reed
7. Andrew Short
8. Matt Goerke
9. Eli Tomac
10. Weston Peick
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